Brendan Rodgers has warned Steven Gerrard to avoid a yellow card over the next four games, as the influential Reds captain faces the prospect of a two match ban as the title race enters its final few weeks, reports the Guardian.
The Liverpool midfielder picked up his ninth booking of the season during Saturday’s 6-3 win over Cardiff City, and will be punished with a two match ban should he receive another yellow before the cut off date on April 13th.
The Reds face Sunderland, Tottenham, West Ham and Manchester City in that time, and Rodgers has warned his skipper of being wary of a costly suspension.
Gerrard picked up only two yellow cards during his first 21 appearances of the season, but has picked up seven in his last ten outings, which has coincided with him dropping into a deeper midfield role.
“We just have to cope with the situation. I have spoken to him about it and we just have to be that extra bit careful,” Rodgers said.
“I think he has been very unlucky. His last two bookings have been unlucky. The one against Manchester United should never have been a booking.
“He won a header that was very difficult to win and he was unfortunate against Cardiff at the weekend because he committed a foul which also should not have been a booking.
“We didn’t help him because we gave away the ball so cheaply. He has been unfortunate picking up some unnecessary bookings that were not through him. It’s a role he can play and he will find a way, I’m sure. He just has to be a bit more cautious but he is clever enough to get through that.”